Read 2 Corinthians 8:9
This verse is part of a passage where Paul encourages the church in Corinth to share their wealth with those in need. He uses the churches of Macedonia as an example of Christians who were giving openly even during suffering and extreme poverty. The act of giving is a demonstration of love and kindness.
When Jesus entered the world, he voluntarily, willingly and eagerly stepped away from the universe’s most comprehensive and rich position as a member of the Holy Trinity. He assumed severely limited human characteristics and constraints. Jesus grew as an utterly dependent baby and was never in a position of worldly power or wealth. Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice was at the cross when he suffered from spiritual poverty. He no longer had an intimate connection with the Trinity. Jesus’ act of giving is a profound demonstration of love and kindness.
Similarly, we begin our lives in the same spiritual position as Jesus on the cross — broke with no way to earn any riches by ourselves. However, Jesus made a way for us to be spiritually rich. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins and that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9), we are adopted as co-heirs into the kingdom of heaven (Romans 8:17). Thus, we make a shift from absolutely no spiritual wealth to full access to overflowing spiritual resources through the Holy Spirit.
As you grow in an intimate relationship with Jesus (John 15:1-17), the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is developed and revealed. People in your life will see an overflow of love, kindness and generosity, and may note complete changes in a person. Possibly, one of the greatest gifts that Jesus’ actions gave us is the Holy Spirit. We can be spiritually rich through Christ.
Do you have an intimate relationship with Christ? How have you responded to Christ’s invitation to receive spiritual wealth through the Holy Spirit? In what areas of your life have you seen the fruit of the Spirit displayed? Take a minute to thank God for His presence in your life.
Father, You are sovereign over all things, including my spiritual development. I ask You to open my heart to Your guidance into a more intimate relationship with You. Jesus, thank You for inviting me into Your holy family. Holy Spirit, give me the sensitivity to feel Your presence and to heed Your direction in my life today. Amen.
Nathan has attended Scarlet City for two and a half years and leads a City Group with his wife, Libby. He also leads a men’s group with Todd Walter and plays the keyboard for the worship team.